Install Sphinx on Mac

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To install Sphinx search on Mac, I had to find pieces of information here and there.

Here is my list how to sort it out:

1. Download a fresh stable source from Sphinx website to your /tmp folder. It’s a tar.gz file.

2. Go to /tmp folder and run this command to untar the arhieve:

tar -zxvf sphinx-2.0.6-release.tar.gz

Fix the file name since the version can change.

3. Go into the “sphinx-2.0.6-release” folder.

4. Fix this command by my comments below and then run:

./configure --enable-id64  --prefix=/usr/local --with-mysql=/usr/local/mysql-5.1.63-osx10.6-x86/ LDFLAGS="-arch i386"
  • --enable-id64 mean you want to support really long integers as document IDs, depends on your application needs
  • --with-mysql – fix the path to the file

5. Run this command:

sudo make

Check the response, there must be no errors. Mine ends like this:

...[scary looking C commands]...
Making all in test
make[1]: Nothing to be done for `all'.
Making all in doc
All docs are already pre-built by developer.
If you want to rebuild them, install docbook-xsl
and xsltproc and then run 'make docs' instead of simple 'make'.
make[1]: Nothing to be done for `all-am'.

6. Run this:

sudo make install

7. Test if all is OK. If you run this, you must get a list of parameters of this tool:


Good luck!

Delete Your Code #7: Right encoding

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You might be surprised, but a right choise of the project text encoding can affect the project file size and amount of bugs.

To avoid bugs of wrong presentation of text on your page, make sure that all database entities and the application server (PHP) use the same encoding. That helps to forget about issues connected with text presentation.

On database side, make sure you set the correct encoding to:

  • database,
  • tables,
  • columns,
  • import-export tools parameters (a big source of wrong encoding bugs),
  • corresponding SQL server variables

On application server it’s usually just one query –


Pay attention, that utf8 might be not the best choise for your project: every non-English character needs 2-6 bytes of memory, so if you built a one-language (local) project with lots of database data, consider using a 1 byte encoding like windows-1251 and save about half of the space on server file system.

Sphinx on Windows and error 1067

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I attempted to setup Sphinx on Windows, but was not trivial — problem was that I couldn’t run the SearchD as a Windows service since I got 1067 error (“Process Terminated unexpectedly“).

It’s not obvious but helpful to know how you can get the error message the service crashes with. To do so, go to Control panel → Administration → Event Viewer. Here you can get all notices and error messages that the service produces:

If you get your service running and search tool gives you the correct results, but your PHP application gets FALSE as query result, try to see what SphinxClient’s getLastError() method returns:

$s = new SphinxClient;
$s->setServer("localhost", 3312);
$result = $s->query('test');
echo $s->getLastError();

In my case there was a following message:

searchd error: 
  client version is higher than daemon version 
  (client is v.1.22, daemon is v.1.19)

Cannot upload a big file?

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If you want to work with big files uploads (photos, videos, CSV data dumps) you might need to prepare your PHP server for this — increase the values of these variables in your php.ini:

upload_max_filesize = 512M
post_max_size = 512M
memory_limit = 512M

The same should be done if you try to upload SQL dumps by phpMyAdmin and get a correspondent error message.

Setting the file access permissions for files and folders

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You have a web application hosted on a server and you want to set file access permissions by chmod command, different for files and folders.

Why different? A folder must have ‘x’ (access) flag:


At the same time a file shouldn’t have it (otherwise it would be executable):


How can you set it up for all nested files/folders in your application folder?

You can solve this task by setting common persmissions for all files and folders (step 1) and then make folders accessable (step 2), recursively:

chmod -R 644 .
chmod -R a+X .

But chmod allows you to set up only access flag for folders, you cannot set one persmission for folders and another for files.

Here is a script written by my collegue Anton [vojtoshik] Voitovych to solve this task.

Copy it and save to a file (I saved it in /bin/rchmod — thus it’s accessable for all users of my system):




while getopts "d:f:" OPTION
case $OPTION in
f) files="$OPTARG" ;;
d) directories="$OPTARG" ;;

if [ "$path" != '' ]; then 
    find "$path" -type d ! -name "." -exec chmod "$directories" {} \;
    find "$path" -type f -exec chmod "$files" {} \;
    echo "Usage: rchmod <path_to_directory> [-d <directories mode>] [-f <files mode>]";
    echo -ne \\n;

OK, now make it executable:

chmod 755 rchmod

How to use it.

1. You are in your application folder and want to set 755 (drwxr-xr-x) mode for folders and 644 (rw-r--r--) mode for files which is the default:

rchmod .

2. You want to set 123 permissions only for folders in a particular folder::

rchmod /some/path/to/folder -d 123

3. You want to set 123 permissions for folders and 456 permission for files in a particular folder::

rchmod /some/path/to/folder -d 123 -f 456

Note: don’t forget that every time after that command run you should make some folders writable (wp-content/uploads, cache, temp — what else you have in your webapp).

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